Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce I Sept. 8
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Weekly Newsletter

Job creation, housing, homelessness and workforce development among top priorities at Chamber's ACCESS L.A. City Hall

This week, the Chamber announced its advocacy agenda for the upcoming ACCESS L.A. City Hall, an annual event that brings together business leaders to advocate on issues that impact L.A.'s business climate. This year's ACCESS L.A. City Hall will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 27 and will focus on the following issues:
  1. Commit to increasing housing supply.
  2. Continue the commitment to updated planning documents.
  3. Make business growth and job creation policies a top priority at City Hall. 
  4. Implement voter-approved measures to end homelessness.
  5. Continue LAX Landside and Terminal Modernization Progress.
  6. Ensure the Port of Los Angeles can compete and grow market share in the competitive goods movement economy.
  7. Support the co-equal goals of water supply reliability and ecosystem restoration.
  8. Be an active partner in education and workforce development.
The event will also feature the release of the 8th annual Los Angles City Council District Economic Report, which compares key economic indicators in each of the City's 15 districts. RSVP TODAY. 

Chamber responds to President Trump rescinding DACA

On Tuesday, in response to President Trump calling to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Gary Toebben, President & CEO of the Chamber, issued this statement: "Last week, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce urged President Trump to allay workforce concerns among employers and keep DACA. Unfortunately, the President's decision today to end this program is tragic for both the families it will tear apart and the employers who will lose hard-working, dedicated employees.  As we often point out, we know the powerful impact immigrants have on our economy and communities. Now our call on Congress is stronger than ever. The current bi-partisan Dream Act 2017 introduced by Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill., would provide a long-term solution for these youth who want to work and go to school without being terrified of deportation. Again, as I stated last week, ensuring these youth are protected is not only the right thing to do, but Los Angeles and the United States are the better because of it," said Toebben.
Chamber advocates for new Olympic and Paralympic Games support legislation

This week, the Chamber voiced its support for AB 132, which provides that the State will help backstop cost overruns if the Los Angeles 2028 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games go over budget. This is similar to legislation passed in Sacramento the last two times California cities bid for the Games (AB 300, 2007 and SB 1987, 2002), as well as last year's SB 1465, which supported the LA2024 bid. READ MORE about the bill.  
Work re-verification not required with DACA decision
According to California Labor and Workforce Development Agency Secretary David M. Lanier, the decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) does not require employers to re-verify work authorization documents. "With the announcement to phase out the DACA program, the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency and its partner departments affirm the action does not require an immediate re-verification of work authorization documents for DACA recipients," said Lanier. He went on to explain that any action or attempt by employers to re-investigate or re-verify work authorization documents in order to retaliate against any immigrant worker is unlawful in California. Employees with work-related questions or complaints may contact the Department of Industrial Relations' call center in English or Spanish at 844-LABOR-DIR (844.522.6734). The California Workers' Information line at 866.924.9757 provides recorded information in English and Spanish on a variety of work-related topics that include wage and hour laws, and workplace health and safety.

L.A. Hotel Downtown offers a retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city
Last night, the Chamber hosted its Business After Hours Mixer at the newly renovated L.A. Hotel Downtown. Located in the heart of the cultural, finance and entertainment hub of downtown,  the L.A. Hotel Downtown was designed with the everyday traveler in mind - whether you're traveling for business, visiting friends or enjoying a family vacation. TAKE A LOOK
Step up and stand out!
As a leader in your company, you play many roles - boss, president, manager, chief fire fighter and more. On Friday, Nov. 3, the Chamber invites you to step into a new, rewarding role as Principal for a Day. You'll have the opportunity to shadow a principal to learn more about the successes achieved and the challenges faced, along with interacting with students who aspire to enter your industry or profession.To find out how you can take part, contact  Geraldine Contreras Jaimerena, 213.580.7553. LEARN MORE.
SCLN 30-in-30: Karen Baker
In recognition of Disaster Preparedness Month, this week's 30-in-30 honoree is Karen Baker, Leadership Southern California '91. Karen is the dynamic leader of CaliforniaVolunteers, the State Service Commission housed in the Governor's Office, charged with administering the nation's largest state AmeriCorps portfolio. In addition, CaliforniaVolunteers serves as the lead agency for disaster volunteering and donations management, and promotes volunteering and service across California. Click here to learn about Karen's engaging leadership style and her experience with SCLN.
The 30-in-30 campaign is a celebration of SCLN's 30th anniversary, honoring 30 outstanding alumni throughout 2017. Thank you to our 30th anniversary sponsors: The Albertsons Companies Foundation and The Vons Foundation, Southern California Gas Company and Walmart. To learn more about how to boost your company's profile during our 30th anniversary celebrations, contact Nancy Olson.
Bixel Exchange celebrates inaugural mitú ACCELERATOR graduates
Tuesday night, the Chamber's Bixel Exchange brought more than 100 students, technology, education and community leaders together to celebrate the accomplishments of the 21 students who participated in the inaugural mitú ACCELERATOR cohort. As part of the event, students shared some of the work they developed in the program, were awarded certificates, and heard from actor Richard Cabral and L.A. City Councilmember Mike Bonin on the importance of sharing their diverse voices and stories. Thank you to our partners: mitú, City of L.A, the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti and Annenberg Foundation! SEE THE PHOTOS
mitú ACCELERATOR is a mentorship program designed to empower young emerging talent to tell authentic stories that represent their lives and communities. LEARN MORE.
The Action
Chamber announces top priorities for ACCESS L.A. City Hall

Policy This Week 
Chamber responds to President Trump rescinding DACA
Chamber advocates fro new Olympic and Paralympic support legislation

The Member 
L.A. Hotel Downtown
The Opportunity 
Other News
SCLN 30-in-30:
Karen Baker

New Members 
Chamber Member Anniversaries
Chamber Diamond Club Members
Member Good News
Home Depot races to respond to Hurricane Harvey - As Harvey gained power and made landfall in Houston, the world's largest home improvement retailer set up a temporary hurricane command center at its Atlanta headquarters and followed a plan honed over many hurricane seasons, which aims to minimize disruptions and ensure that it can continue to deliver essential materials and equipment to the affected areas.